Association Execs Lobby Washington, Defend Meetings

More than 200 association executives are meeting in Washington, D.C., today for American Associations Day, according to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership, which organized the event. A two-day "legislative fly-in," it's designed to educate them about industry issues and connect them with members of Congress so that they can lobby them on behalf of the association community.<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> "Associations have a real opportunity right now to influence the current administration and voice their opinions on Capitol Hill," ASAE & The Center President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE, said in a statement. "The ASAE Legislative Fly-In provides a great opportunity for association executives to participate in the American Associations Day and meet face-to-face with their local representatives and policy makers."<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> ASAE's Legislative Fly-In began yesterday and concludes today. Along with Congressional meetings, the program has included issue briefings and educational sessions for participants, who've learned how to engage in effective grassroots organizing.<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> Among the issues that American Associations Day participants are focusing on are health care, the economy and, of course, the importance of association meetings and events.<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> <a href=" target="_blank">Source:</a>